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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1979-12-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1979-12-26

Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Cold Rain And Snow
d1t03 - C C Rider
d1t04 - Dire Wolf
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle ->
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t08 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t09 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t10 - Looks Like Rain
d1t11 - Alabama Getaway ->
d1t12 - The Promised Land

Set 2:
d2t01 - Tuning
d2t02 - Uncle John's Band ->
d2t03 - Estimated Prophet ->
d2t04 - Caution Jam ->
d2t05 - He's Gone ->
d2t06 - The Other One ->
d2t07 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t03 - Brokedown Palace ->
d3t04 - Around And Around ->
d3t05 - Johnny B. Goode

d3t06 - Shakedown Street ->
d3t07 - Uncle John's Band

d3t08 - Wharf Rat
d3t09 - Brokedown Palace
d3t10 - Black Throated Wind
d3t11 - Minglewood Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland Auditorium Arena
Location Oakland, CA

Source Sony ECM-250 -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-158/Maxell UDXL-II90)
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) -> Samplitude Professional v10 -> FLAC/16
Taped by Joani Walker
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD supplies:
He's Gone (10:08 - 10:20)

Nakamichi 700 -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD (shnid=16092) supplies:
Space (1:08 - 1:23)

Sony Mics -> Cassette Master -> ? -> CD -> Samplitude supplies:
Complete Soundcheck

-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Recorded By Joani Walker
-- Soundcheck recorded by David Gans
-- Thanks to Joani Walker and Paul Scotton for the tapes


Reviewer: Franklin's Towel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2017
Subject: What?
You are bi-polar or something if you think this is a C- show that's absurd!
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2015
Subject: Graham's new tradition
Graham moved the New Year's Eve runs to the Kaiser and started a new tradition (they'd be there again in '80, '81, '82, and '86 ). As with all the runs but '86, '87, and maybe '89, the best shows were before NYE itself. Though this isn't the best of the run (the 28th is one of the best shows of the year), it has a remarkable first set. This night was a SEVA-donation show (a developing-world, eyesight foundation the Dead donated show profits to frequently, aside from their own foundation, Rex).

1st Set:  A
2nd Set: C-
Overall = 4 Stars

Most of First Set but especially:
Me & My Uncle
Big River
Alabama Getaway

SOURCES: This is an amazing AUD (the other AUDs of this show have speed/pitch errors). Of course, the show is on Dicks #5, in fact it was the first full show of that series.
Reviewer: sdesmond - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2014
Subject: Nice sounding aud, great performance.
never really gave this show much of a listen before. but since choices of what to spin on this day in GD history were limited, I jumped ahead a few days.
AUD sounds great, I'm kinda amazed at how good this tape is, considering it was 1979.

One note, the Brokedown is awesome. Slow enough to be soulful but sped up enough not to be a drag on the set. It's the perfect Brokedown.

Listen to this source.
Reviewer: kbmill - - December 8, 2014
Subject: bread crumb
Another example of how a good audience recording is a wonderful thing. The quiet reverence for Brokedown is distincly noticeable. And who doesn't love a little Brokedown Palace? Unusual in later years that it is not an encore. Top 3 encores? Brokedown Palace, Bid you Goodnight, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, in no particular order. Thank you all, and, good night.

Oh, and waiting until the encore to reprise Uncle John's Band!
Reviewer: Hung, Wae-lo - - February 26, 2014
Subject: Black Throated Wind
No one seems to've commented on the BTW soundcheck, with a hiatus of 10/19/74-03/16/90. Was Bobby just fooling around, or maybe he felt it wasn't up to snuff.
Reviewer: newpotato11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2013
Subject: Brent's organ
I've listened to this 2nd set as much as any piece of music to which I've ever listened. First heard it in '84 on one of the worst sounding cassettes in the history of the universe. Slowly through the years I upgraded a couple of times to better sounding audience recordings. Then came Dick's Picks - I expected the Holy Grail. For the most part I was satisfied, but for one problem. Brent's organ on Not Fade Away was buried in the mix. If you've only heard the Dick's Picks version of this show, please check this version out - Brent's organ in it's full glory is here complimenting some wonderful interplay by the band on a stellar one versed NFA.

This 2nd set has my very favorite Estimated, Drums, Space, Brokedown, heck I even love Round and Round from this show.

Additionally Uncle John's, He's Gone,Shakedown and NFA are also like in my top 3-5 versions of these songs.

Could anybody do a matrix of this to get that organ on board with a soundboard? I would if I knew how.
Reviewer: Mr. Meogi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2012
Subject: shakedown
check the ultra funky shakedown. This show is Dicks Picks 5, the first one with Brent.
Reviewer: happy2balive - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2011
Subject: Best of 79
I was at this run of shows 12/26-12/31. Up front close and personal for the first night. This show was on fire from the first note to the last. This recording is fine and I appreciate being able to listen to it 32 years later, even though it's a Dick's Pick, as some copies of those are not available on this site.

Highlights of the show are subjective: One of the best Alabama Getaway>Promised Lands, Fantastic, possible best ever Estimated, and the Shakedown back into Uncle John's is a perfect ending to the show. Brokedown Palace hadn't been played in sometime, and following a extended jam in Not Fade Away was SWEET!

Enjoy the music...looking forward to FURTHUR in a few nights!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2010
Subject: better than the 28th
this is a pretty good sounding audience recording. its nowhere near as good as say 8/6/71 or 10/14/83 (then again, few are) with the instruments not being very up front in the mix, but i'm also much more familiar with the DP version of this.

despite being a bit sloppy in execution, the jamming in this show during the 2nd set is great and defiantly makes up for it. it's certainly far more entertaining than that of 12/28/79, which has plenty of off playing and boring jams besides. i like that this recording lists the jam after estimated as a 'caution jam' b/c it is not listed on the dicks pick and i distinctly hear phil's bass twinges stinkin' of that one...
Reviewer: Mark Scalise - - June 29, 2010
Subject: searching for the sound
This show also premiered the first of the great Meyer/UltraSound PAs. Excerpt from

As it turned out, for the grand experimenters, even the best rental systems didn't suffice. For the Dead's 1979 New Years Eve show at Oakland Auditorium, Healy and Starship soundman Don Pearson pooled their favorite components. The resulting five-way stereo system took days to assemble. Among other features, it had specially welded frames that held giant tweeter arrays. Horseshoe magnets served as air-motion [ribbon] transformers that were assembled in long vertical arrays and hung from scaffolding. Pearson says, “We built custom crossovers so we could align the individual components in time. It was, actually, the first-ever Time-Aligned™ live sound system.” [Eds. note: Time-Aligned™ is a trademark of E.M. Long and Associates.] It was also, according to Healy, such a great-sounding system that “we decided to get back into the business.”

“It was probably the best-sounding P.A. we ever did — to date!” adds Pearson. “It's interesting to note that back then we were working on a technology design that just now is becoming very in vogue. We're currently seeing the advent of ribbon speakers, something we were using in 1978!”

The system put together that night evolved into a company owned by Pearson and Howard Danchik that serviced both the Dead and Starship. In 1979, Meyer's newly patented ACD studio monitors caught the ears of Starship and their monitor mixer, Owsley Stanley; the reaction was immediate. “Owsley went out and raised capital for us to build the first Ultra Monitors for Starship,” says Pearson. “They were John Meyer's first official product. Then we built Starship a P.A. and then the Dead had to have one.”
Reviewer: Urobourus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2010
Subject: WOW!!!!!
I was at this show and it is still one of my most favorite shows. I have read many differing views about the Dead written on this site. Through the late 70's and late 80's Jerry had his issues, and he fought his demons,sometimes he won, sometimes he lost, but one thing still stands true about the Dead, no matter how many times Jerry forgot the words, Bobby missed his cues, when you caught that magical show,like I did with this one there was no better show anywhere in the world. One thing that always has to be remembered about the Dead, They are not the best at what they did, they were the only ones that did what they did. Me, I am Grateful I got to see them when I did, but I am equally Grateful to have a site like this.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2010
Subject: Required
And he said, 'ye must go forth and listen'
Reviewer: monkey99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2009
Subject: Holy Latin American Domino Theory, Batman!
I can't believe there are no reviews on this show (well, there's one now). The names Joani Walker and Charlie Miller should give notice that this is something above the ordinary, and it is. Joani's AUD is typically outstanding.

Some AUDs make you feel like you're at a show, it's true -- albeit as if you were "there" behind a closed door...backstage. Not here.

Most people know this show well from DP#5, so I won't say too much about the performance, except that the band is really on and tight. Jerry's singing is magnificent -- just listen to Dire Wolf. The sound on DP#5 is great, but so is this. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen.
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